Shen Ling: Void Flowers, Yearly Portrait

Curator: Feng Boyi

11.05 - 12.08, 2022

Beijing 2nd Space

 
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Tang Contemporary Art is proud to announce the opening of Shen Ling’s solo exhibition “Void Flowers, Yearly Portrait”, held in the gallery’s Beijing 2nd space on November 5. Curated by Feng Boyi, the exhibition features more than 50 pieces of works, including oil painting, paper album, and mixed media works. It’s the most important solo exhibition of Shen Ling in recent years.

 

 

Curator's Words

 

Shen Ling's " Void Flower " portrays her many self-reflections over the past years and her feelings about the passage of time. It's like the mirror image of everyday life. As a kind of compensation for the short blooming days, Void Flower refers to the mundane everyday life, which is mostly languid leisure and melancholy. The " Yearly Portrait " is a metaphor for the weight of time, and the images inside it may continually shuttle and leap in the exhibition space, emphasizing the connection between her works and serving as a retrospective of her career.

Over the past years, Shen Ling has been taming her inner chaos, slowing down her pace, and developing inner awareness. She travelled between the real and art worlds, eliminating the redundancy to express her unique style amid ambiguity. In addition, she even gradually erased the traces of her previous creations to get rid of all kinds of unease brought by reality. Fortunately, with painting, she can endure the tedious days, get rid of the clutter, and catch the precious pieces of life that have nowhere to hide.

 

Perhaps, for Shen Ling, painting and living by heart is true freedom and the greatest decency. Everything else is collateral and dispensable.

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Void Space

Void Space

Mixed media on paper, Album of sixteen leaves 32 × 352 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 57

Void Flower Series 57

Mixed media on paper 38 × 38 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 49

Void Flower Series 49

Mixed media on paper 38 × 38 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 45

Void Flower Series 45

Mixed media on paper 38 × 38 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 44

Void Flower Series 44

Mixed media on paper 38 × 38 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 44

Void Flower Series 44

Mixed media on paper 52 × 37 cm 2020

Void Births Light

Void Births Light

Mixed media on paper, Album of twenty leaves 35 × 550 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 40

Void Flower Series 40

Mixed media on paper 56 × 42 cm 2020

Void Flower Series 39

Void Flower Series 39

Mixed media on paper 56 × 42 cm 2020

Twilight

Twilight

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2021

Tacit Understanding is More Than Words

Tacit Understanding is More Than Words

Mixed media on paper, Album of sixteen leaves 32 × 352 cm 2021

Void Flower Series 1

Void Flower Series 1

Mixed media on paper 42 × 29 cm 2020

The Song of Four Seasons

The Song of Four Seasons

Oil on canvas 75 × 60 cm 2022

Toward the Sea, Oil on canvas, 200×200 cm, 2022

Toward the Sea, Oil on canvas, 200×200 cm, 2022

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2022

Six Records of a Floating Life 6

Six Records of a Floating Life 6

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2015

Six Records of a Floating Life 5

Six Records of a Floating Life 5

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2015

Six Records of a Floating Life 4

Six Records of a Floating Life 4

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2015

Six Records of a Floating Life 1

Six Records of a Floating Life 1

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2015

Qi Nan

Qi Nan

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2011

Portrait No.3

Portrait No.3

Oil on canvas 75 × 60 cm 2022

Portrait No.1

Portrait No.1

Oil on canvas 75 × 60 cm 2022

Photography Realism

Photography Realism

Oil on canvas 145.5 × 112.5 cm 1994

Creation of Graduation·Loneliness No.4

Creation of Graduation·Loneliness No.4

Oil on canvas 152.7 × 192.5 cm 1989

Flush of the Morning

Flush of the Morning

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm 2021

Autumnal Wind and Rain on a Moody Day

Autumnal Wind and Rain on a Moody Day

Oil on canvas 200 × 200 cm × 3 2016

 
Artist
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​Shen Ling

Shen Ling was born in 1965 in Liaoning Province, China. In 1985, she graduated from the Afflicted High School to Central Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1989, she received her bachelor degree from the Oil Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts where she is currently working.

 

Shen Ling’s recent solo exhibitions include: “Intensity of Concreteness”(Tang Contemporary Art, Hongkong, 2019),“Flowers and Birds” (Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing,2014), “Fleeting Time – Works by Shen Ling”, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen,2011). Her work also exhibited in “ The 9th Beijing International Art Biennale”(National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2022), “In Time – Chinese Biennale of Oil Painting”, China Art Museum, Shanghai, 2018),“The Era of Portrait - 30 Years of Contemporary Art”(Power Station of Art, Shanghai,2013),“Self-Image: Woman Art in China 1920-2010” (Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2011);“Exhibition of the Works of Shen Ling & Wang Yuping” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2010).

Curator
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Feng Boyi

Feng Boyi, male, born in Beijing during the 1960s. Han ethnicity. No political affiliations. BFA degree majoring in History. Married. Blood type B; born in the year of the Mouse; Libra; rising sign: Virgo. Has been doing curating, critiquing and editing works since the late 1980s.